Meet the SAFE Peer Educators

Meenu Ramasamy

Meenu RamasamyHi! My name is Meenu Ramasamy (she/her/hers) and I am a junior majoring in Finance/ Marketing. I am originally from the Bay Area in California. This is my second year in the SAFE program and my first year serving as the SAFE Peer Leader. I joined SAFE after being involved in sexual assault awareness work in high school. I wanted to continue that work after realizing that many people in college come from all different backgrounds and knowledge when it comes to the topics at hand. Especially as information on sexual assault and healthy sexuality changes rapidly with new statistics and information every year, it is on all of us to stay educated on the topic to make Pitt a safe and inclusive environment for all. 

Other than SAFE, I am also involved in CHAARG (a workout organization), Theta Phi Alpha (a social sorority), and am a UTA for the Freshmen Programs here on campus. Off-campus you can catch me working out, wiki-hopping, reading mystery novels, or spending time with my friends!

Stuthi Iyer

Stuthi IyerMy name is Stuthi Iyer (she/her/hers) and I am a Junior History and Philosophy of Science major with a Chemistry minor and Certificate in the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. I am originally from Great Falls, VA, but find myself at home at Pitt as an aspiring physician. The role demands being an educator. SAFE offers me that opportunity while imparting critical skills and knowledge on sexual violence prevention. It simultaneously strengthens the compassion needed by any healthcare provider. Having worked with restorative justice (RJ) throughout high school, facilitation is very familiar to me. I love to teach and my hope with SAFE was to be an advocate for those impacted by sexual violence—a hope that I think has become a reality.

Along with SAFE, I am the Sponsorship Chair for the city’s premier Indian classical dance competition and Business Manager for the premier Indian classical dance team. I serve as Secretary for Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians for Service (SEMFS) and am of course a member of SAFE. In fact, I’ve been a part of SAFE for a year now and I am always so pleased when I hear a story about bystander intervention from someone I’ve facilitated an event for. So excited for yet another year!

Yifan Xiang

Xifan XiangHi! My name is Yifan Xiang (She/her/hers) from Macau. This is my first year at Pitt and the SAFE peer educators program. I am currently in the Dietrich school as an undecided major and pursuing ASL and Global Health certificate and honors distinction with a hope of entering Rehabilitation Science in the future. Off-campus, I enjoyed reading, swimming, and spending time with family and friends. I got to know SAFE by listening to one of its sexual assault prevention lectures during welcome week and I fall in love with it instantly. I realized that I cannot ignore topics surrounding healthy relationships and the prevention of sexual assault. I cannot just sit here and listen but I should think, speak out, and spread awareness. Remember: these situations are not far from us, they are all around us and we need people to make a positive impact on others.

Isabella

IsabellaHello! My name is ​(she/her) and I am a senior (Class of 2022) majoring in Psychology with a minor in Administration of Justice. Next year, I hope to enroll in a graduate program to pursue a Master’s in Social Work with a focus on Mental Health Counseling. Along with SAFE, I am a sister of Alpha Delta Pi where I have held positions on the Exec Board and currently serve as our Mental Health Chair. I joined SAFE in January 2021 and am so excited to get back to presenting! I wanted to be involved in SAFE to make an impact in my community as well as educate myself on the issues and prevalence of sexual assault. I love that SAFE creates a comfortable space to educate, communicate, and grow, ultimately making our campus a happier and safer place for everyone.

Maliha Tayeb

Maliha TayebHi! My name is Maliha Tayeb (she/her/hers) and I am a junior majoring in Molecular Biology and Sociology from Bear, Delaware. I have been a peer educator for almost one year now! I joined SAFE to advocate, teach others, and educate myself more about sexual assault awareness and prevention.

Outside of classes and SAFE, I am the Ticketing Chair for Dhirana (club that hosts an Indian classical dance competition), Programming Chair for Breakthrough at Pitt (organization that tutors middle/high school students), and a member of Phi Delta Epsilon (pre-medical fraternity on campus).

I really enjoy working with such a great group of passionate students in SAFE and I am excited for the impact we can make this year through workshops and outreach events!

Archisha

ArchishaHello! My name is Archisha (she/her) and I'm a junior (Class of 2023) from Schaumburg, Illinois. I am a Molecular Biology major with minors in Gender Studies and Sociology and earning the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine certificate and the Global Health certificate. On campus, I am involved with organizations such as Keep It Real and also work at a research lab. 

I have been a peer educator since my sophomore year and I'm excited to be able to continue doing this work for our campus. I joined SAFE as a way to impact the sexual climate of our campus. Experiences in high school and working on the RAINN (Rape, Assault, Incest National Network) helpline opened my eyes to the prevalence of sexual violence and I wanted to directly help one of my own communities. Through SAFE, I have learned much more about consent and healthy relationships and how to engage in conversations about topics such as these that may seem taboo but should never be. I hope to continue this work throughout my life so I can empower victims/survivors and positively impact our society's sexual climate. 

Natalie

NatalieHey! My name is Natalie (she/her/hers) and I am a junior as well as a Psych major also working on an English literature minor.  I'm from California but have been loving the last two years I've spent on the east coast! I just joined the SAFE program so I'm super excited to get started and make Pitt's campus an even better place! I decided to become a part of SAFE because I've always been passionate about women's rights and health and one of the most important intersections of those topics is sexual violence. There are so many young women on this campus, myself included, that deserve a safe environment not only for their academics but just to exist in.

Alexa Miller

Alexa MillerHello! My name is Alexa Miller (She/hers) and I am a sophomore (2024). I'm majoring in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies with a minor in Chemistry and a certificate in Global Studies. I am also hoping to pursue a master’s in Public Health. I started as a peer educator through SAFE this year and I am so excited for everything we are going to accomplish! I am also a board member of the Planned Parenthood club here on campus and the Hard Hitters volleyball club. I love exploring the city, true crime podcasts, and trying out different cafes shops in my journey to find the best coffee in Pittsburgh. I joined SAFE because I am passionate about educating myself and others on these important topics. I've always felt that peer education can have a large impact and I hope that through this program I can help ensure that sexual violence prevention and survivor support are high priorities on campus.

Abby

AbbyHi! My name is Abby (She/her) and I am a Sophomore from Washington, D.C. I’m a sociology major and considering a political science minor. Along with being a SAFE peer educator I am involved in the ACLU club at Pitt and am exploring other service clubs at the university. I joined SAFE my freshman year because I know how prevalent sexual violence is on college campuses and I wanted to be a part of positive change at my school. I hope to not only educate my peers on the importance of consent and healthy sexuality, but also to create a safe environment for all survivors on campus. Together we can begin to change the culture at Pitt in order to become a more welcoming and safe campus for everyone.

Quinn Murphy

Quinn MurphyHi! My name is Quinn Murphy (he/they), and I am a senior here at Pitt majoring in Theatre Arts and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. I have been a SAFE Peer Educator since my first year! When I am not in class or working with SAFE, I am heavily involved with the Theatre Arts department. I am also currently the vice president of the Musical Theatre Club as well as a Pitt Pathfinder! I joined SAFE because I wanted to learn more about sexual violence prevention and work to make Pitt’s campus a safer place for all of our students!

Kirsten

KirstenHi! I'm Kirsten, I use she/they pronouns, and I've been a SAFE peer educator for four years now. I'm a super-senior studying environmental engineering and creative writing, and I run the SECCS club. I like hanging with my friends (virtually) and cat (IRL) in my free time. My favorite presentation is Talk Dirty and my favorite thing about presenting is talking with people I might not otherwise.

Kelisa Hysenbegasi

Kelisa HysenbegasiHi! My name is Kelisa Hysenbegasi (she/her/hers). I’m a psychology major with a Spanish minor. This is my first year being a SAFE peer educator and I’m excited to be able to help survivors by providing them with information about multiple resources that could help. I’m also excited to create a difference on campus and educate people on healthy relationships and consent. Off-campus I like to hang out with my friends, read books and I’m currently learning how to play the guitar! :)

Enny Ayo-Gbenjo

Enny Ayo-GbenjoHi! My name is Enny Ayo-Gbenjo (she/her) and I am from Laurel, MD. I am planning on majoring in Public Health or Rehabilitation Science. Along with being a SAFE Peer Educator, I am involved with the Pitt Dance Ensemble, Hearts Ablaze Dance Ministry, Pitt Pre-Medical Organization for Minority Students, and Leading Women of Tomorrow. This is my first year being a peer educator! I joined SAFE because I want to be a part of a community willing to bring an end to sexual violence on college campuses.